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Event Horizon [Blu-ray] [1997] [US Import]

Laurence Fishburne , Sam Neill , Paul W.S. Anderson    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones
  • Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Writers: Philip Eisner
  • Producers: Colin Brown, Jeremy Bolt, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Nick Gillott
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GMH8TC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drawing from Andrei Tarkovsky's heady science fiction meditation Solaris by way of Alien and Hellraiser, this visually splendid but pulpy piece of science fiction schlock concerns a mission in the year 2047 to investigate the experimental American spaceship Event Horizon, which disappeared seven years previously and suddenly, out of nowhere, reappeared in the orbit of Neptune. Laurence Fishburne stars as mission commander Captain Miller and Sam Neill is Dr Weir, the scientist who designed the mystery ship. Miller's T-shirt-and army-green-clad crew of smart-talking pros finds a ship dead and deserted, but further investigations turn up blood, corpses, dismembered body parts, and a decidedly unearthly presence. It turns out that the ship is really a space-age haunted house where spooky (and obviously impossible) visions lure each of the crew members into situations they should know better than to enter. The ship is gorgeously designed, borrowing from the dark, organic look of Alien and adding the menacing touch of teeth sprouting from bulwark doors and clawlike spikes inexplicably shooting out of the engine room floor. Unfortunately the film is not nearly as inventive as the production design--it turns into a woefully inconsistent psychic monster movie that sacrifices mood for tepid shocks--but the special effects are topnotch, and ultimately the movie has a trashy B movie charm about it. --Sean Axmaker

Synopsis

In this eerie science-fiction ghost story, an astrophysicist (Sam Neill), haunted by the memory of his wife's suicide, joins a rescue mission to salvage his life's work: the Event Horizon, a prototype spacecraft capable of faster-than-light travel that has been missing for seven years. Their arrival triggers contact with something beyond human experience--and more dangerous than ever imaginable. Similar in plot to Andrei Tarkovsky's eponymous screen adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's science-fiction novel Solaris, Event Horizon provides some truly potent moments in its often potent combination of horror and sci-fi.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sc-fi horrors ever made! 28 Oct 2011
By LukC
Format:Blu-ray
What can I say, Event Horizon is probably one of the best sc-fi horrors ever made! Every fan of horror movies should have it in his collection. Great cinematography, great acting, and music. Creepy as hell and well recommended :)
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a concept 22 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
I am surprised at the harsh criticsm that this film has come in for here, and in other forums. It has been consigned by some to the stalk and slash section of the DVD rental shelves, while others dismiss it as second hand sci-fi. Personally I really enjoyed it. The blend of suspense, mystery, horror and gore is supplemented well by strong performances by Laurence Fishbourne and Sam Neill. Sure, some of the death scenes and other set pieces are a little hackneyed, but this is more than compensated for by that rarity amongst films - an original (and if you actually sit down and think about it, quite challenging)concept. On an intellectual level this questions our pursuit of knowledge (in this case technology) and asks us if we are fully prepared for what it could reveal. Top stuff.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a film 10 Dec 2008
Format:DVD
I'm an Alien film fan, I enjoy a deep space claustrophobic scientific scare. Event Horizon is one of only a few films that has genuinely gave me a chilling unsettling fright and uneasy dreams - its Hellraiser (or Hellraiser as it should have been) in space. Wonderful horror concept, suspenseful, great characters, wonderful atmospheric detail. Great sci-fi movie, great horror movie.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scare the pants off you! 4 Sep 2011
Format:DVD
I saw this film about 10 years ago for the first time and I remember thinking it was on a par with Alien and Aliens for pure science fiction horror. Although my wife disagrees (declaring it a stupid film) I think is one of the scariest films I have ever seen. A massive fan of science fiction horror, I found it gripping throughout with very original scenes and special effects. Watching it more recently, despite the fact it was made in 1997, I think it is standing the test of time and doesn't - yet - come across as dated. I am not a big Sam Neill fan but he is good in this film, however it is the quality of Laurance Fishburne's acting that ensures that this film maintains a strong performance throughout. I do not tire of watching this - particularly late at night with the lights out!
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Specification 23 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
I have just bought this great DVD and see the specification is not accurate here. Maybe other people also can not decide whether buy it or not. I'd like to help them.

So this is real specification of this edition:

Disk 1:

Languages In Dolby Digital 5.1 - English and DTS - English

Languages In Dolby Digital Surround - Czech, Hungarian

Subtitles - English For The Hearing Impaired, English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish

Disk 2:

Audio Commentary By Director Paul W.S. Anderson And Producer Jeremy Bolt

5 Part Documentary: The Making Of Event Horizon

Deleted & Extended Scenes

The Un-Filmed Rescue Scene Storyboard Montage With Audio Commentary By Director Paul W.S. Anderson

Conceptual Art Montage With Audio Commentary By Director Paul W.S. Anderson

The Point Of No Return - Featurette
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put me off Horror for LIFE! 17 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
I was dragged to the cinema by a friend to see this movie. It scared both of us to the point that I will never watch it again. It scared me so much that I haven't watched horror since. For fans of horror, this is the perfect movie!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell in space never looked so good 9 May 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
anybody who has played the video game Dead Space will probably get a sense of deja vu when watching this film. And that's hardly surprising giving director Paul 'resident evil' Andersons debut was a massive influence for the game. The story follows a fate of a top secret space vessel, the Event Horizon, which mysteriously disappeared. When it suddenly re-emerges 7 years later it's up to a rescue crew led by Lawrence Fishbourne (in usual top form) to find out what happened joined by the ships creator (horror regular Sam Neill) it isn't long before the team realise all is not well. You see the Event Horizon uses black hole technology to transport anywhere instantaneously and it's quite literally been to Hell and back, and it's not long before it takes it's rage out on the newcomers. Had it not been for excellent visuals and some heavyweight actors it may have been a generic haunted house in space film, but as it is it's certainly worth a look. The picture is a mixed bag with grain where there shouldn't be but when it is good it gives credit to the excellent visuals. Sound is disappointing though. Not terrible, but not nearly enough oomph, with the speakers mumbling when they should be screeching out the horrors, removing the obligatory 'jump out of your seat' moments. Compared to it's original DVD release however it does have a few decent extras including trailers deleted scenes, storyboard, making of and commentary, just a shame it has the most boring menu screen yet seen on Blu Ray. Still overall it's a decent effort just about worth the few quid it costs
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gory and stylish 7 July 2006
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD after remember how much watching this film on TV terrified me. And yes, it worked the second time too. It's kind of like a better made and acted Hellraiser without the spiritual rubbish and all those cool ghost stories. It's almost like a Ghost Ship in space (not quoting the film). It is incredibly atmospheric and you'll know pretty much all of the actors in it (Sam Neill, Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs). The soundtrack is also excellent and adds more to the atmosphere of this surreal film.

The balance between British and American characters plus an Australian also makes this film better for me because you get a little tired of having an all American cast in big films, no matter how good they are. The acting in the film is good as a consequence in this, all of these good actors being up to their full standards. As for the storyline, well, it doesn't get any better than a ship getting sucked down a black hole and coming back with an evil entity onboard which killed its crew and is bent on killing the rescue crew too. The Event Horizon is a stunning ship and the Gravity Drive is a stunning looking device to go in its heart - it's no wonder that Dr. Weir became obsessed with it.

But this film is a good example of how obsessions can become deadly, so watch out. The dark entity starts to make its presence known and eventually takes over Dr. Weir and kills most of the crew. It involves some fantastic scenes such as Justin depressurising in the air lock and some guy on a ship log recording pulling out his entrails though his mouth. Sounds gory? Yeah, it is, but don't let that put you off even if you really need to have a strong stomach for it. The end of the film gives nothing away, maybe because they might have done a sequal. It leaves you wondering if the entity is still here, but that's for the viewer to wonder about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not QUITE like any SF film made before or since - it ...
Not QUITE like any SF film made before or since - it shares a theme/viewpoint with certain types of horror film that there are some borders mankind only crosses at it's peril. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Phil C
2.0 out of 5 stars It's the year 2047 and we're going to a 90s sci-fi, action, slasher...
**Some mild spoilers below**

I just rented this from LoveFilm and I feel compelled to write my first movie review on here. Read more
Published 8 days ago by romena_uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Is fine.
Yep. Is fine.
Published 12 days ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool
Published 18 days ago by mrs sharon marriott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 21 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 21 days ago by Robert H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look for "science fiction horror" fans
I've had mixed feelings about this film for a while, whilst I like a good science fiction film...the thoughts of mixing in a horror element didn't really appeal. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mr Baz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Package received in good time, item as described, very happy.
Published 29 days ago by Emma Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie - Blu ray is a bonus
This movie has always been a favourite for me since i was young....

the blu ray version upscale the picture quality nicely making it new again :)
Published 1 month ago by Daywalkerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Still a quality film after all this time the acting is excellent and coupled with such a dark plot it is a must see classic movie
Published 1 month ago by Mr A R Coleman
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